Faris looking for more goals

He was absolutely buzzing after the Lions' 4-2 victory over Cambodia on Monday, when he scored his first goal for Singapore.

During the two-day break that followed the match, wiry winger Faris Ramli (above) was inundated with congratulatory messages from family and friends.

He said: "It was really great, my friends - even those who are not really into football - know that I scored a goal for Singapore, which surprised me.

"My morale is boosted by the congratulatory messages that my friends and family have given me."

Happy as he is, the 22-year-old LionsXII wide man is not letting his first strike get to his head.

Faris said: "I am honoured and happy to score my first goal for Singapore, but it was just a friendly game in preparation for the Suzuki Cup.

"I will just try to put it at the back of my mind because the real one, the one that matters, begins on Sunday with Thailand.

"It's up to us to push ourselves and perform well for our country."

He seems set to add to his 10 international caps during the Lions' defence of their Suzuki Cup title on home ground, after impressing with his livewire performances on the flank for the national team.

But he remains grounded at the prospect of playing a major role for Bernd Stange's Lions.

Faris said: "It is up to the coach, whether he believes and trusts me.

"If I get the chance, I will do my best to prove him right, no matter the outcome of the match.

"I will just go out there and make my team and my country proud."

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